A History of Dior’s Search for a Creative DirectorFebruary 25, 2011: The Creative Director of Christian Dior , John Galliano, is “suspended” from his position after being arrested in Paris for making anti-Semitic remarks in a Paris bar. Police say he had drunk the equivalent of two bottles of wine. Dior CEO Sidney Toledano says in a statement: "Dior affirms with the utmost conviction its policy of zero tolerance towards any anti-Semitic or racist words or behaviour. Pending the results of the inquiry, Christian Dior has suspended John Galliano from his responsibilities." That same day a video is released of Galliano making similar comments at a Paris cafe that previous December. He's heard saying "I love Hitler... People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers would all be fucking gassed." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GngFQLo8rIY March 1st, 2011: Galliano is fired from Dior. WWD reports, Riccardo Tisci, Tom Ford, Hedi Slimane, Olivier Theyskens, Nicholas Ghesquière, Alber Elbaz, Haider Ackermann, Prabal Gurung and Sarah Burton are all reportedly on the list for Dior’s new creative director compiled by advisers to LVMH boss Bernard Arnault. Style.com: "a misjudged effort to impress an alien thumbprint on an aesthetic that, for better or worse, is one of the fashion industry's most clearly defined. If a germ of truth ever existed there [to the rumors of Gaytten taking over], this show likely squashed it." August 24th, 2011: “High-ranking industry sources” have confirmed to The Daily that Marc Jacobs will replace John Galliano as creative director at Christian Dior. once again after the Miu Miu Fall 2012 Paris fashion show where he sat front row next to Vogue’s Grace Coddingham.
Raf Simmons via Style.comApril 9th, 2012: Raf Simmons is officially announced as the new Creative Director for Christian Dior. The year-long saga comes to an end. Simmons tells the New York Times: "It is one of the ultimate challenges, and a dream to go to a place like Dior, which stands for absolute elegance, incredible femininity and utter luxury.” Fashion One looks forward to seeing Simmons work at the iconic luxury house, Christian Dior.